More than 96 per cent of homes in the Canterbury district now have access to superfast broadband, according to data released today.
More than 19 out of every 20 homes and businesses can upgrade their internet connection to speeds of 24mbps or faster; more than double the speed Ofcom advise is needed for a typical family home.
Across the district, 96.57 per cent of homes and businesses can access 24mbps, and 95.84 per cent can access 30mbps, which is the speed defined by the EU as ‘superfast’.
Canterbury City Council leader Simon Cook said the figures represented good news for residents and businesses.
He said: “As well as delivering everyday benefits to families, such as easy access to information and convenient ways of staying in touch, better broadband also equips businesses with the digital infrastructure they need to expand and compete in today’s digital age.
“The £1.7billion Government rollout of superfast broadband to areas deemed ‘not commercially viable’ by industry has so far reached more than 4.5million UK premises that would otherwise have been left behind.
“There is still work to do, particularly in more rural areas, but I welcome the Government’s commitment to give everyone access to high speed broadband by 2020.”
The speeds have been delivered as part of the Conservative Government’s manifesto pledge to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of UK premises by the end of 2017.
Officials are now planning to make it a legal requirement for broadband with a minimum speed of 10mbps, the speed Ofcom says is needed to meet the requirements of the average family, to be provided to anyone requesting it.
The figures released today by Think Broadband cover the fourth quarter of 2017 and are available for constituencies and by local authority area.
Across the Canterbury district, the percentage of premises with access to 24mbps broadband has increased from 66.8 per cent in January 2014 and 92.7 per cent in December 2015.
The average download speed at the end of last year was 19.8mbps, while the average upload speed was 4.6mbps. At the end of 2015 the average download speed was 15.9mbps and the average upload speed was 3.6mbps.